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The race starts at 1:30pm
Dolgellau can be found off the A470(T) at grid ref SH728177 (outdoor leisure 23) in the South of the Snowdonia National Park at the head of the Mawddach estuary. Race signs will be posted from the junctions around the town advising of the most suitable access routes.
Plentiful car parking (pay and display) is available next to race finish, by the river just off the town centre on the Marian. An additional overflow car park (also pay and display) is available, also on the Marian, behind the Rugby Club.
Rail travel times 0345 484950 Bus times, Arriva 01248 750444.
Race HQ and First Aid Point:
Race HQ will be in the Rugby Club, while First Aid will be in either a marquee on the show ground or in the Cricket Pavilion. Race registration and HQ will be open from 11am.
There are toilets available in the Rugby Club (showers are unavailable as being refurbished) and you will be able to purchase refreshments after the race.
Race start is a good five minute walk from the Marian recreation ground, at the bottom of the hill leaving town by a minor road heading to Llanfachreth opposite Eurospar (a map and marshals will be available on race day).
Course Description and Safety Notes:
The start line is at the bottom of the steep hill leading from Dolgellau heading towards Llanfachreth. The course pulls up hill sharply from the start line before taking the first minor road right, slightly rolling at a fairly level pitch running parallel with the A494 in the valley below. This undulating road passes through mile one, and in a further 200 metres takes a left turn at another intersection with the minor road rising from Dolserau. The course now climbs more gradually, gaining height over the next 600 metres to reach another junction opposite the gatehouse to the old Nanau estate. Another left turn has the road dropping back towards Dolgellau for 200 metres before crossing the carriageway and turning right heading out toward the golf course. At this point it is important to follow the instructions of the marshals as you will be crossing the flow of traffic.
The road now undulates gradually down hill to the two mile mark and passes a water station at Pandy Bach. The course continues to run down hill, increasing notably toward mile 3. Just after this mile marker is a very sharp left hand hairpin, heed the marshals advice in case traffic is oncoming.
The road continues down hill, allowing almost terminal velocity to be achieved as you draw level with Cymmer Abbey on the right.
At the bottom of the hill course levels out and takes a right hand turn for about 50 yards before turning back on itself towards the bypass.
On reaching the by-pass turn left, running ON the footpath, and take the footpath dropping left away from the road. The course now follows the disused Dolgellau road below Dolrhyd until rejoining the minor road into town opposite the College. Again at this point it is essential to follow the instructions of the marshals as you cross from one side of the carriageway to the other. Once on the College side of the road run ON the footpath, under the old footbridge and then prepare to take a very awkward right hand turn (marshalled) negotiating the anti-bike barrier before plunging down a steep footpath, under the under-pass, across the narrow foot bridge and turning left to majestically sprint along the Marian cycle path to the finish line on the recreation ground.